Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Books Read in February

Hey, look at that - it's only March 15 - I'm catching up! That is in part thanks to the fact that I only finished 4 books in February...but they were good ones!

  • The Scourge by Jennifer Nielsen, middle-grade fiction (dystopian fantasy) audio 

So, only 4 books in February, but The Cuckoo's Calling was a long one. That's three adult books (though Anne Frank's memoir is often considered YA), two memoirs/nonfiction, two fiction, one classic, one middle-grade, and two on audio. I enjoyed all of them. I'm having trouble choosing a favorite from between the two Anne Frank books, so I will choose both of them, as a set. Of course, everyone knows how moving and powerful Anne's own memoir is, but Miep's account of helping to hide the Franks was just as deeply moving and fascinating. Both are well worth your time to read or listen to (Miep's memoir was wonderful on audio).

Progress on 2017 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary - updating my Reading Challenges! I added 2 more TBR books to my Read Your Own Damn Books Challenge. For the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, February was Undercover Thriller month, so The Cuckoo's Calling fit perfectly.  I read my first classic for the 2017 Back to the Classics Challenge. I slotted all 4 books into categories for my Well-Rounded Challenge. For my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, I added the Netherlands and read a second book set in the UK. No new states for my 2017 Literary Escapes Challenge.

Finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month! Here is my Bingo card for February, with 17 squares filled in - pretty good for just 4 books!
Sorry - couldn't get this photo to post correctly, so it's sideways!

Books Read for each square:
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies - Made you cry, historical, accent (audio was excellent!), new-to-you author, set in a foreign country
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - Empowered/strong female, library book
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Favorite author, shelf-love book (TBR), military, in a series, mystery
The Scourge by Jennifer Nielsen - Audio book, free book, best friends, romance

What was your favorite book read in February? 


  1. I would love to read Anne Frank Remembered--I've read her diary many times throughout my life and was able to visit the annex roughly 20 years ago. Sometimes it still amazes me how profoundly that child was able to affect the world by putting her private thoughts on paper.

    1. Oh, lucky you, Jane! I would love to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam!

  2. Reading Anne Frank and Anne Frank: Remembered near each other is a great idea to see both sides of the same story. My favorite February book was Gail Tsukiyama's Night of Many Dreams

    1. I was just so inspired after listening to Anne Frank Remembered that I had to read the original diary!

  3. Woo good job on the 17 squares. And all my phone photos have that sideways problem!